Cambridge website for Synthetic Biology resources

Compiled by Jim Haseloff at the University of Cambridge. SpannerPlantLogo140This site contains details of recent papers and activity in Synthetic Biology, with particular emphasis on: (i) development of standards in biology and DNA parts, (ii) microbial and (iii) plant systems, (iv) research and teaching in the field at the University of Cambridge, (v) hardware for scientific computing and instrumentation, (vi) tools for scientific productivity and collected miscellany.

Similar to the Cambridge-based Raspberry Pi and OpenLabTools initiatives, we promote the use of low cost and open source tools - in our case for use in biological engineering.

Google: Synthetic Biology news

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National Academies SynBio grants

 National Academies' Grants to Spur Synthetic Biology

"We received a record number of proposals, including many bold and innovative projects, and believe that these collaborations will result in the most generative findings," Princeton University Professor of Molecular biology and Chair of the NAFKI Seventh Annual Futures Conference Bonnie Bassler said in a statement.

Huimin Zhao and Zengyi Shao of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will use a $100,000 grant for a research program focused on genome mining of natural products using synthetic biology. This research effort will involve developing a new synthetic biology strategy to discovery novel natural products from sequenced genomes and metagenomes. These studies could lead to the discovery and development of new drugs for treating infectious diseases and cancers.

Guantam Dantas and Bin Wang of Washington University, St. Louis, and Rob Knight of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute received a $75,000 grant to use metagenomics to study enzymatic functions from low-volume samples and whole-genome amplification. The research efforts will use experimental methods to capture diverse biological machinery from a range of environments using "extremely small amounts of genetic material and useful computational methods." The goal is to improve the ability to define fitness landscapes and harness the potential of chemical processing of biological systems.

Emory University Researchers Deboleena Roy and Ichiro Matsumura, along with other collaborators, will use a $75,000 grant to develop a research and education training program that will train graduate students in bioengineering and bioethics and will develop participatory research practices in synthetic biology to address the need for engaging with non-traditional stakeholders.

John Cumbers of Brown University and Lynn Rothschild of the NASA Ames Research Center and Brown University, won a $25,000 grant to conduct an interdisciplinary workshop that will bring together synthetic biology leaders with space scientists and engineers to discuss the role that synthetic biology could play in achieving missions for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Research news at Cambridge University

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European Association of Students & Postdocs in Synthetic Biology (EUSynBioS)

EUSynBioSprelimLogo240The European Association of Students & Postdocs in Synthetic Biology (EUSynBioS) invites you to join its pre-launch community. The EUSynBioS initiative seeks to shape and foster a network of young researchers active the nascent scientific discipline of synthetic biology within the European Union by means of providing an integrative central resource for interaction and professional development.

Key objectives of EUSynBioS include i) the implementation of a central web platform for sharing news and opportunities relevant to members of the community as well as for academic networking, ii) the arrangement and support of events for academic exchange and professional development, iii) liaison with representatives of industry, and iv) establishment of a primary contact for collaboration and exchange with related communities of synthetic biology students and postdocs abroad.

Registering as a member is free and can be completed within 30 seconds via the following link Students and postdocs who register as a EUSynBioS member will be able to:
o Access a large network of young researchers in synthetic biology for academic collaboration and exchange
o Share technical resources and teaching materials
o Stay informed about relevant events such as conferences, workshops, or social outings o Browse relevant jobs in academia and industry
o Use site visits and mentoring opportunities to interact with prospective employers
o Connect with members of related communities all over the world

By registering as a member prior to the official launch of EUSynBioS, you will not only make a statement of support which will have an impact on the resources available to the community in the future; you will also be given the chance to actively shape EUSynBioS right from the start, and have an edge when applying for a position on the Steering Committee. We are looking forward to your joining us ! Christian Boehm, University of Cambridge.